Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 30
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

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(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003)
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Photo of nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale golden and cloudy, with a wisp of white head.
Nose is a sweetly bread yeast spiciness.
Oh. My. God. This beer tastes freakin awesome. Very floral taste, sweet like wild honey, almost spearmint. Ends in a tannic bitterness probably coming from the chamomille that makes the first sip so delicious. Absolutely the best tasting wheat beer I've ever had.
Rich, yeasty mouthfeel with a nice, carbonated feel.
Very drinkable and jam packed with flavor. Highly recommend.

Photo of Gritsak
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- bright hazy yellow with a thick fluffy white head.

S- yeast, banana, bread and malt dominate

T- lots of fruit, bread, some hints of spices. tiny hop presence at the finish

M- medium body with a little chewy character. exteremely smooth.

D- balanced flavors and smoothness make this very easy to drink

Overall- i had been passing this beer up because i didnt want to be dissapointed, but im glad i finally got it. light, but not too light and smooth, even flavor make this a great choice for a hot day.

Photo of tom444
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting bottle art, with someone standing on a rock, parting what appears to be Lake Erie, with the Cleveland skyline in the background, silhouetted against the setting sun (or maybe rising, but geographically impossible either way).

Pours a cloudy gold, with a decent off-white head. Decent head retention, good lacing.

Aroma is fairly malty, with plenty of fruity and spicy notes.

Taste is quite smooth, with a good malty sweetness, nicely complimented by the fruity notes. Not too heavy, thanks to the wheat. A bit of spice flavor, and not too much hops. Finishes very cleanly, with almost no aftertaste, just the sensation of my tongue begging for more.

A well balanced ale, great for a hot summer day when you don't want to stoop to drinking watered-down macros.

Photo of AltBock
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle in a Great Lakes Sampler 12 pack.
Appearance: A nice cloudy yellowish-white with an inch of white foam that left little lacing. It had plenty of carbonation bubbles when poured into the glass.
Smell: When I swirled this beer to get a smell, it smelled a lot like Fruit Loops. It must have been the yeast combining with all the spices and fruit.
Taste: The taste was bready with lots of citrus and spices. It also had a slight bitter aftertaste that made this beer stand out.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.
Drinkability: This is a good style of beer from Great Lakes that would make an excellent summer beer. I think Moses Cleveland would be proud that his name is on this beer.

Photo of silenius
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark straw (not quite golden) yellow with a generous head and substantial amounts of carbonation bubbles rocketing through the beer.

Smell is a light banana bread with some light spicing. Nice restraint in the use of spices.

Taste banana bread with some zing from hops and spices. Finishes slightly bitter causing me to want another sip. Very god.

It has a moderate body with some creamy carbonation. Slick.

Every time I crack one of these open I find myself staring at my empty glass thinking "Gone already?!"

Photo of twelvinlucifer
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh.. let's see
(poors beer).
Head is quite impressive! Very little lace, settles nicely leaving behind a very impressive 1/4 inch or so.
Smell is very interesting. orange jumps out of the smell immediately!
Smells almost like liquid bread with spices and orange.
mouthfeel is a bit unimpressive, almost like it's flat. No funky after taste though which is nice.
taste is good. You can definitely taste the gains (wheat,barley, yeast, and hops). very citrus-y, alcohol is extremely well hidden. This is about as smooth a beer as you'll get. Finishes well. I could drink a hundred of these.
I will be buying this beer again soon.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice pale yellow color with 2 finger head that falls to a moderate coating over the beer. The nose is rich with coriander and creamyness from the wheat. I like it. The flavor is really nice ans well, with a healthy orangey dose of corainder and orangepeel. Very spicey and very refreshing. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. This is a find example of the style. The only thing I have against it is the color. Not quite white enough for me.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dating, 10/17/05

spectrum of color varies from clear white to light orange. retentive one-finger of foam rests. looks refreshing.

smells of wheat, yeasty and alive with tart buttery notes. light and crisp aroma.

taste benefits from a bit of citric essence, but dwells in the general belgian white world. heavier on the more berry fruit accents. typical of great lakes, this beer is average but a perfect exercise in the style. it was far, far superior on tap at the brewpub.

Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(part of a sampler at the Great Lakes brewpub)

Holy Moses this is pretty good! Not the best for the style in my opinion, but an overall good brew. This or the Dortmunder would be my first suggestion for those new to the craft beer scene. Very nice orange cloudy appearance. A bit grassy tasting and the unfiltering is apparent. Could be a session beer, but no more than any other one of the style.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(part of a sampler at the Great Lakes brewpub)

Ahhh, perhaps my favorite of one of my favorite genres. Poured the standard cloudy, pale, illuminescent gold so typical of witbiers, with a tight head of lacy, white foam. Of course the nose is incredible, just bursting with florals and citrus hues, hints of spices, but yet noticable tamer than the bottled version.

Oh, its rich, smooth. My tongue is a dancefloor for spices and citrus, albiet again more subdued than the bottled version. The tastes just dance and dance, and the aftertaste is just as enjoyable.

Ironically, the tapped version is milder than the bottled, but I may have enjoyed it more. Either example is a great representative of American witbiers, and I highly recommend this one.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy straw yellow body with a one finger white head that retains well. Some sheet lacing is left on the glass. Aroma has a dominant yeastiness, with an assertive lemony citrus profile. Orangepeel, pepper, coriander, and clove add some spicy complexity to the nose. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with some sticky yeast, and medium carbonation. Taste is lemony citrus, with a pervasive yeast presence. Clove and pepper add more spicy bitterness to the lemony citrus and yeast backbone. Dry aftertaste. Very nicely done for an American Witbier. One of the better ones I've tried from North America, and a very nice white ale for summer quaffing.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale goldenrod, with a tightly bubbled white head that rises up thickly and then settles quickly to a fine bumpy cap. Aroma of cinnamon and yeast, a bit of citrus. Flavor is yeasty upfront, followed by some spice, more yeast in the finish, and a lemony lingering taste. A little peppery linger follows after the lemon, followed next by another shot of the yeasty undertone. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but crisp, with a bubbly tingly finish. Well-made for the style, but not too complex.

Photo of JackStraw22
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light golden body. About a half inch of white head, that stuck around a short while.

Smell: Very refreshing. Citrus, cloves and yeast really come through. Some herbal hops in the backround too.

Taste/mouthfeel: The dryness was the first thing I noticed. Citrusy sweet kick at the begining, with a decent hop bitterness to back it up. The aftertaste is a sweet and almost candy like, really good.

Drinkability: On a warm Summer day these would go down one after the other.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a large white head. Fruity lemon and orange peel aroma with spices, mainly coriander. Fluffy wheat flavor with fruit. Flowery, spicy flavors. The coriander takes over in the middle, but the finish is dominated by the citrus flavors. Light carbonation. Although big on flavor, the mouthfeel is light. No sign off the alcohol. Great drinkability. Great Lakes has made a very nice version of this Belgian style.

Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with cool label.

The beer pours a light hazy yellow with a massive white head. Decent lacing.

Fresh nose of citrus, subtle spices (coriander and nutmeg) and hay.

The beer is slightly sour and acidic on the first taste. The spices are very much in the background. I expected a bit more balance from the grains. Not horrible by any means, but it almost tastes unfinished.

The mouthfeel is fine with spot on carbonation. The drinkability suffers just a bit from the lack of balance. While not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, I guess I just expected more form this brewery.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden and hazy with lively carbonation cascading through. A one finger white head with good density and excellent retention. Sheets of lace evolve from the head leaving a nice ornate curtain behind.

Smell: As stated on the label, hints of coriander. Surely some orange peel. Smells like a typical Belgian style with the spicy nose leading the charge.

Taste: Well spiced and slightly citric. The spices are pleasant and not overbearing. The finish is somewhat sour and has a bit of a vegetable quality to it. The flavour as a whole is not very robust, but it is appealing nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Good tickles to the tongue at first, but the finish goes strangely flat. I would classify the body as light.

Drinkability: Holy Moses tastes good, but I doubt I would take down another one of these as a follow up. This style is typically not one that I desire a large volume of.

Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmaruschak and mmmmbeer for the chance to sample this one and for the idea of doing a "Great Lakes Tour" over pinochle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a frothy ivory head. Carbonation cascades up the glass and throughout the body.

Smell: Yeast, wheat bread, slight hint of lemon. Very fresh and inviting.

Taste: Some cloves, yeast, wheat bread, a slight citrus twang, and a dry, bready finish. Nicely balanced, no off flavors noted here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium to thin bodied.

Drinkability: Poundable goodness in a glass. I picture this as more of a summer beer. Easily a session. Not my favorite style but I'm not going to penalize the brewer for that one.

Another finely crafted Great Lakes beer. Strongly recommended.

Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold with a hige head that hung out forever and has great lace. Smells of wheat malt , yeast, orange, and a slight hop bouquet. Wheat malt is present but the first and most present flavor is the hop bitterness. The orange citrus flavors are present but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Very refreshing. This is a better than average witbier and is very enjoyable. Another winner from Great Lakes.

Photo of bnuttz
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very pale, probably one of the most pale non macros I have seen. A very pale white head is present. Smell is of citrus peel and corriander. Tangy smelling, and crisp smelling if that is possible. Taste is tart, citrusy and of slight corriander. Very light and refreshing. I could quaff this stuff all day. So light and refreshing. This stuff is awesome, and probably my new summer quencher. This is a money wit.

Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy hazy light pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice-orange flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, great for the style, very refreshing and tasty, one of my favorites.

Photo of gimmehead
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange yellow, big fluffy white head

Smell: yeasty banana, some clove spiciness

Taste: spicy clove, yeasty bready earthy, orange peel and subtle wheat

Mouthfeel: medium thin, lots of carbonation; dry finish

Drinkability: easily drinkable and very refreshing, maybe a bit lacking in overall character

Photo of BeerFink
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy banana yellow / pale gold color with a crisp white head. Aroma is fruity (especially bananas) with some spice and a little yeastiness to it, as well as citrous notes. The taste is big yet light and creamy. The dominating taste is yeast and wheat, but it is not overdone. On the contrary, the fruity taste is wonderfully balanced by clove, coriander, and orange peel, with a slight dryness. There is even a hint of hops near the finish, helping this witbier to stand out in a crowd. Mouthfeel is light and malty smooth, slightly dry. A slightly bitter (part hops, part lemons) aftertaste leaves you longing for another sip with a pleasant dryness. Although not my favorite GLBC offering, definitely the best tasting and most drinkable witbier I've had yet.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a best before dating of Jul 12 2005. Pours a hazed pale yellow color with a fluffy white head that dissipates into a thin sheeting of foam. Lightly perfumy in the aroma, my guess is that it is the chamomile. Other typical witbier aromas of unmalted wheat, coriander and orange zest are evident. Lightly sweet, spritzy and a good witbier. The chamomile definitely shows up it the taste with a light tea-like feel. Very flowery. Hop bite is light, but present. A friend brought me back a few beers after touring the brewery and he told me they serve it with an orange wedge in the tasting room. I think it's a mighty fine example of a witbier without it. The addition of chamomile is certainly an interesting twist, as well.

Photo of foXXtail
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel lucky to live in Cleveland with the GLBC. As good as their regular offerings are, their seasonals are really where they shine, and this beer is a prime example of that.

This beer pours a hazy pale gold with a wonderful fluffy white head. The slowly rising bubbles both speak for the beer’s mouthfeel and replenish the head throughout drinking. The smell has heavy notes of clove and chamomile with coriander spice taking up the rear.

The taste promised by the nose is not disappointing. Overall, it is quite yeasty, with a hoppy bite at the sides of the tongue. Smoke, vanilla and orange are also present, and support the breadiness of the beer nicely. All the flavors hit more strongly then other offerings of the style (such as Hoegaarden) - this is not a shy beer at all. The mouthfeel is superb – smooth and velvety that slides down the throat. With just a bit more effervescence would be a 5.

Highly recommended.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured hazy pale medium straw with a moussy white head that fell persistently to lace the glass.

The aroma was coriander and bitter orange peel with a soft wheat backbone.

The flavor was soft wheat with a muted citrusy and spicy flavor and a nice subtle sweetness that is balanced by the bitterness of the dried orange peel.

The finish was dry with lasting subtle orange and coriander spice. The body was medium. A very refreshing beer. Not as interesting in the flavor as it is in the aroma.

12 ounce bottle.

Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.